Obituary: Pakistan Saraiki Party chief Taj Muhammad Langah passes away

Langah was born in Kehror Pucca in Lodhran district and graduated from Government College Lahore.


Our Correspondent April 08, 2013
Langah was born in Kehror Pucca in Lodhran district and graduated from Government College Lahore.

MULTAN:


An icon of the movement for a southern Punjab province, Pakistan Seraiki Party chief Taj Muhammad Langah passed away at the age of 73, Sunday morning in Multan after a cardiac arrest.


Only Saturday, Langah had announced the silver jubilee anniversary of his party at a press conference in Multan.

Langah was born in Kehror Pucca in Lodhran district. He graduated from Government College Lahore and did his Bar at Law from Lincoln’s Inn. He was employed at the ministry of law in UK when in 1966, Zulfiqar Bhutto urged him to return to Pakistan and enter politics. Langah practiced law for over four decades in Pakistan.

Langah was a PPP member for 20 years. He also served as its deputy general secretary. He launched the Seraiki Suba Mahaz in 1984. Langah was particularly irked by the disparity in education and infrastructure development between upper and lower Punjab.

He established the Pakistan Seraiki Party on April 7, 1989. The party has lobbied hard for provincial status for the Seraiki belt.

As a key advocate of the Seraiki province, he was consulted by the parliamentary commission for the formation of a southern Punjab province. President Asif Ali Zardari had met him during his visit to Multan in November 2012, to discuss the history of the movement for a Seraiki province.  Funeral prayers were offered on Sunday in Kehror Pacca, Lodhran.

The Pakistan Seraiki Party has announced 10 days of mourning to pay tribute to the party’s founder.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 8th, 2013.

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